SAPD Book Club & Speaker Series Recap

Save the dates for our soon-to-be-announced Fall season: September 12, October 10, November 14, 2018. We plan to live-stream the fall events, so sign up for news even if you are not in the city.

The inaugural season of the SAPD Speaker and Book Club Series was a great success - thanks to all of you who spoke, attended and contributed.

February 14, we launched the series on a Valentine's night with the theme Pioneer Women. Susan Priel (SAPD) gave us an overview of the early history of pioneer women in Southern Alberta.

Featured author Rachel Herbert braved a storm to join us and share research and stories from her book on the history of Ranching Women in Southern Alberta. The great-granddaughter of pioneer ranchers, Herbert raises and markets old-fashioned grass-fed beef at historic Trail's End Ranch near Nanton, AB.

We were also joined by special guest and new SAPD member, Joe Lougheed, great-grandson of Sir James and Lady Isabella Lougheed, who told us some of his family history and told us about the astonishing, well-researched new book, Metis Pioneers: Marie Rose Delorme Smith and Isabella Clark Hardisty Lougheed by Doris Jeanne MacKinnon.

March 14, John Gilpin came to tell stories of the early entrepreneurs, influencers, city builders and planners as Calgary grew from a NWMP Fort along the Elbow River to a metropolis of over a million people. His book, The Elbow: A River in the Life of the City, points out that Calgary has always had a complicated relationship with the Elbow as both a benefactor and a threat. A Calgary-based historian and writer, John Gilpin has a BA and an MA in history from the University of Alberta and a PhD in economic history from the University of Leicester, England.

We were also delighted to be joined by Chief Lee Crowchild of the Tsuut'ina Nation who contributed his thoughts about the Elbow River, the growth of Calgary and future growth of Tsuut'ina Nation.

April 11, audiences warmed to Anne Gafiuk, who told wartime stories from the prairies featuring her book, She Made Them Family: A Scrapbook from the Prairies. It is a collection of letters, book covers, photos, anecdotes, magazine and newspaper clippings – that are a treasure-trove of relationships from The Second World War compiled by Mrs. Alice Spackman, Okotoks, Alberta.

SAPD Librarian Shelly McElroy introduced Anne at the event, and here she is interviewing Anne on her new podcast.

People Who Know Stuff – Anne Knows About Aviation


We'd like to thank CKUA radio and Alberta Views magazine for co-sponsoring our series.

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